Welcome to the PharmD Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend the Doctor of Pharmacy program at MCPHS!

We’re excited that you’ll be joining us soon. There are some important steps to prepare for your time at MCPHS, detailed below. We will continue to post specific information on this page, so be sure to check back often.

Spring 2023 students will receive orientation updates in the late fall, while fall 2023 students will receive orientation updates in the late spring.
White coats and name tags will be ordered for each student by the department. The white coat order form will be available late spring.

MCPHS has established technology guidelines for all new students.

The Accelerated PharmD program uses electronic testing (ExamSoft/Examplify) for assessments in all courses. All students are required to:

  1. Have a laptop (Mac or PC) which meets the minimum specifications linked below. Download Examsoft/Examplify onto this primary device and bring it to the classroom for all required assessments/exams. When referring to the minimum specifications, take note of information pertaining to ExamID and ExamMonitor which require your electronic device to be equipped with a webcam and microphone.
  2. Attach a well-fitting privacy screen or privacy filter to the primary device during assessments.
  3. Have access to a secondary device (such as a smartphone) that is capable of joining a session via a virtual platform application (typically Zoom) and equipped with a webcam and microphone.

At this time, Examplify can only be used on Mac, Windows, and iPad operating systems. Examplify will not run on Chromebook, Android, or Linux operating systems. Please review minimum system requirements.

The Office of Experiential Education will play an important role during your time here as we guide you through the rotation process during your P2 and P3 years. We’ve put together a brief presentation to introduce you to our office and to give you an overview of what to expect in your experiential rotations. In order to access the presentation, you will need to self-enroll in the Wor/Man Introduction to Experiential Education course on Blackboard. Download instructions on how to self enroll.*

*New students will receive Blackboard login credentials in June each year. You will be able to complete the experiential education course after you’ve received login information.

During the fall semester, all incoming pharmacy students are enrolled in Service and Care in the Community, a course based on an educational method in which the participants connect knowledge and theory to practice by combining service with reflection in a structured learning environment, through service work and active learning. This course is based on the conviction that providing service and care is critically important for anyone aspiring to become a member of a healthcare profession.

Students will engage in weekly class discussions and will be provided potential opportunities to perform service work in the community, collaborate on group research projects, and host class-led discussions.

Additional information will be available late spring.

The fall 2023 schedule will be available late spring.

The MCPHS University bookstore on the Boston campus is able to sell and rent textbooks to students. Shipping is free to students ordering course material.

The fall 2023 book list will be available late spring.